You must obtain motorcycle registration in order to ride your newly purchased motorcycle on Texas roads. The process and paperwork for registration are similar to that of registering a car. There are no additional documents needed. You will only be required to describe your motorcycle’s model, type, engine capacity, vehicle identification number (VIN), and engine capacity.

Basically, you will need the following to register your motorcycle:

  • Proof of ownership.
  • Proof of your identity.
  • A safety inspection certificate.
  • Proof of motorcycle liability insurance.

Initial registration

Initial motorcycle registration can be done by visiting your local County Tax Assessor-Collectors office in person or one the County Tax Assessor-Collectors designated subcontractors. You will be required to take with you the original documentation to show proof of motorcycle ownership and identity.

Renewal of registration

In Texas, you can renew your motorcycle registration through mail. Depending on your county of residence, registration renewal can also be done online.

Whether you are registering your motorcycle by mail or online, you will be required by the state to pay $30 motorcycle registration fee plus other local fees that vary depending on your county of residence.

For more information, visit the Texas DOT’s Motor Vehicle Registering and Titling page.